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‘EAA cheats students’

“A different system for a different outcome” is the motto of the experimental state-run Education Achievement Authority (EAA) schools. Created by Gov. Rick Snyder using Detroit students, buildings and resources, including a $12 million loan, the EAA is now in its first year. Detroit parents, education professors and advocates have questioned the quality of the program since its beginning. Now, it seems, eve ...

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Old school hip hop fans are in for a treat as Slick Rick (left) and Doug E Fresh (right), along with Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base and Whodini, take the stage for a one night only performance May 18 at the Fox Theatre. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices. Also at all Ticketmaster locations and For more ...

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Moratorium NOW!: ‘Make the Banks Pay’

“We can find one banker and put that banker in jail!” With those comments, Rev. Ed Rowe, pastor at Central United Methodist Church, directed the focus of the May 4 People’s Assembly to Make Banks Pay Detroit for the Destruction They’ve Caused. Over 250 people heard Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs explain the banks’ criminal activity and how Detroit’s emergency ...

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Southwest residents demand action in wake of explosion

Over 60 residents and community leaders called on local, state and federal officials to design an evacuation plan in wake of the April 27 explosion at the Marathon Petroleum refinery in the 48217 neighborhood. State Representative Rashida Talib, Detroit City Council Member Brenda Jones and members of the Community Advisory Panel: Theresa Landrum, Dr. Delores Leonard, Jackie Smith and Tyrone Carter held a pr ...

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Don’t ignore women for mayor!

Folk in mainstream media have mastered the art of looking and sounding as if they might really know WTF is going on. These jerks anoint leadership with a few clicks of the keyboard as they cut and paste their way up the journalistic dead end career ladder. Before the first suspect poll was foisted upon us in the sluggish jog for mayor of Detroit, two guys were scrounged up as sure to get through the primary ...

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What matters

Sometimes the earth slows you down. It is planting time in Detroit. There is a rhythm and focus brought by the turning of the seasons. At long last, the weariness of winter is falling away. Soil must be prepared. Soon seedlings will find their way into the thousands of urban garden and small backyard plots that have made Detroit a global leader in urban agriculture. Such moments of slowing down and finding ...

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Riding dirty: Who are the real car insurance criminals?

I am a criminal. I have a car but no insurance. After my beloved truck broke down, I was carless for 16 months in the Motor City — hustling rides, waiting for buses and cabs that never showed, popping bike tires in gaping potholes at 3 a.m. in neighborhoods with no working streetlights. During this time, I let my old car insurance policy expire without renewing it. Why would I renew it? I had nothing to ins ...

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EM Roberts says he’s leaving, but not going far

“I’m leaving, but I won’t be far….I’m leaving, but I won’t be gone….I’m leaving, but I’ll still be here.” DPS Emergency manager Roy Roberts announced his retirement to board members at his 14th floor offices at the Fischer Building May 2. However, after the meeting, board members said he sounded as though he would still be around, telling them after his contract expired May 16, he would serve as a consultan ...

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Western International holds off Mumford, Denby stays unbeaten

The sun broke through and the field dried up at Clark Park as the game between Western International and Mumford played under better conditions than previous Public School League (PSL) games. Western pitcher Aitza Rodriguez had struck out eight batters and held off a fifth inning charge by a determined group of Mumford players as the Cowgirls, rebounding from a 18-0 Monday loss to Renaissance, won their fou ...

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Cass Tech wins over Renaissance

Cass Tech (2-2) got back on the winning track last Friday, but it took an eighth inning rally for the Technicians to defeat their scholastic rival Renaissance 5-4 at Manz Playfield on Detroit’s East Side. The game was scheduled for Northwestern High School’s Willie Horton Field, but because scrap metal thieves stole the fencing around the field, the game was moved to Manz Field. ...

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